Social Justice Fund - Grant Guidelines

2020 Social Justice Fund Application Deadlines:

          February 24, 2020 (for April decisions)
          April 14, 2020 (for June decisions)
          June 29, 2020 (for September decisions)
          September 21, 2020 (for December decisions

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We seek proposals:

  • for projects with expense budgets under $50,000
  • from grassroots organizations with annual income of less than $500,000
  • from groups with limited access to more mainstream funding sources
  • from groups which have not received Social Justice Fund grants in at least two years
  • from groups with or without 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor: the Social Justice Fund only requires a fiscal sponsor if the group receiving the grant does not have its own bank account. If you cannot receive a grant check made out to the name of your organization, you will need a fiscal sponsor. We cannot issue checks to individuals.

Although we value the work, we do NOT consider grant proposals for the following:

  • individual efforts or scholarships
  • schools or universities academic or research projects
  • organizations with access to government, corporate or mainstream charitable funding
  • art, theater, film or video projects that are not directly tied to activism or organizing
  • economic development projects
  • capital campaigns or expenses
  • direct social services
  • legal defense or litigation
  • lobbying or electoral campaigns
  • projects geared toward participants personal improvement or business success
  • conflict resolution or violence reduction projects, unless they directly promote activism
  • projects that will have already taken place by the time the grant is received
  • or for an organization’s general operating budget

The Social Justice Fund's priority is to support:

  • direct grassroots activism and organizing
  • groups with diverse, representative and democratic leadership structures
  • groups that have or can obtain enough economic and in-kind support to carry out their regular work, but need additional support to carry out a project or build capacity



Submission Instructions: Submit your completed application via email to [email protected] Use the subject header: SJF APP [deadline-month/year] [your organization’s name]. You can attach the application and supporting material, such as financial spread sheets, to the email in document or PDF form. If your proposal is selected for consideration, you should expect a call or email from one of our grant researchers with any questions they might have. Final decisions can be expected about 10 weeks after the deadline date.